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Real Central Europe

15 Days | Experience the bustling bohemian art culture of Central Europe

5 out of 5 based on 37 reviews submitted.
18 to 29s
CHF  2,260
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This trip is for the 18 to 29 year olds

Beginning in Germany and ending in Italy, this 15-day trip hits a whopping seven countries (without rushing them). You’ll see historic landmarks, medieval squares, hilltop castles, romantic canals and thriving nightlife as you make memories that last a lifetime. Beginning in Europe’s alt-capital, Berlin, walk the ‘Royal Route’ in Krakow, soak up the terracotta views of Prague and Cesky Krumlov, be charmed by picturesque Lake Bled and finish up among the postcard-perfect canals of Venice. Uncover local secrets with your leader and explore at your own pace, making the most of all the optional activities that you want to do. The best part? You’ll be doing it all with like-minded young travellers who want to travel Central Europe in the same way!

Trip overview

Map of Real Central Europe including Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland and Slovenia
Berlin, Germany
Venice, Italy
18 to 29s
Italy, Germany, Poland, Slovenia, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary
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Min 18 - Max 29
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
This trip generates 24.89 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.
Bucket list destinations

Tick off all the popular spots and enjoy unique local experiences

Great value

Affordable trips with the freedom to choose how you spend your time

Responsible travel

You book, we donate to help support local communities

Why you'll love this trip
  • Start your trip with a bang in Berlin, where history and modern culture dance. If it’s nightlife you’re after, Germany’s capital is home to thriving bars, underground clubs and an alternative scene not to be missed.
  • Eat your way through Europe with a local leader who knows all the best spots! Enjoy an included market visit in Budapest, try Zapiekanka in Krakow and find delicious cheap street food in Italy and Prague.
  • Discover the magical Cesky Krumlov – you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd stepped straight into a fairytale, as this place is filled with medieval buildings, verdant countryside and the flowing Vltava River.
  • Dive into Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Venice and Krakow – with two nights spent in almost every destination, you’ll have time to eat, shop and sightsee at your own pace and not just catch a glimpse from a bus window.
  • Step into the pages of a fairytale on the shore of Slovenia’s Lake Bled – home to the bluest waters you might ever see. Explore the church on the island, walk around the lake surrounded by mountains and treat yourself to a slice of cream cake.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Cooperativa Coraggio. Donations help them regenerate 22 hectares of unused public land to create local jobs and produce organic food in Italy.

Is this trip right for you?
  • The best way to experience a city is by doing as the locals do – that means using public transport such as trams, trains, buses and metro at some locations. You’ll get an authentic look at daily life but be aware you may find yourself sharing a busy bus ride with local commuters. The trains used on this trip are comfortable, and all have toilets but can also be very busy.
  • Europe is steeped in history, which means sometimes the infrastructure is old. Often there are no lifts or escalators, particularly in some train stations or hotels. The cobblestone streets, narrow steps and tiny bridges of Europe are very romantic but they’re also a good reason to pack light and leave the wheeling suitcase at home. You may have to carry your bags up and down stairs, as well as some short distances to the hotel (no longer than 30 minutes). Make sure it doesn’t exceed our weight and size recommendations – check the 'Packing' section of the Essential Trip Information.
  • Don’t let the heat keep you from exploring the world! Summer temperatures can be very high in Europe, making things uncomfortable. It’s essential to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water.
  • It’s bunking season! As some accommodation on this trip is twin or multi-share, solo travellers will share a room with other travellers of the same gender, an excellent opportunity to get to know other like-minded people. A single supplement is unavailable on this trip as space is at a premium in Europe, and your hotel is no exception. For those travelling as a pair, European hotels often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2024 to 31 December 2024.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2023 - 31 December 2023

Map of Real Central Europe including Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland and Slovenia



5 breakfasts


Train, Metro, Private vehicle, Public bus, Taxi


hotel (9 nights), Guest house (3 nights), hostel ( 2 nights)

  • Krakow - Zapiekanka Snack in Kazimierz Quarter
  • Budapest - Market Visit and Snack
  • Budapest – Ruin Bar Visit
Add on activities
  • Berlin - Storyline of Berlin Urban Adventure - EUR65
  • Berlin - German History Museum - EUR7
  • Berlin - Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz - EUR9
  • Berlin - TV Tower - EUR23
  • Berlin - Checkpoint Charlie Museum - EUR18
  • Berlin - Story of Berlin Museum - EUR14
  • Berlin - Topography of Terror - Free
  • Berlin - Reichstag (time slot must be booked online in advance) - Free
  • Berlin - Schloss Charlottenburg - EUR12
  • Berlin - Berliner Dom Cathedral - EUR10
  • Berlin - Jewish Museum - EUR8
  • Berlin - Bike Tour - EUR30
  • Berlin - Museum Pass (3 Day Ticket) - EUR32
  • Berlin - National History Museum - EUR10
  • Berlin - Spree River Cruise - EUR27
  • Berlin - Pergamon Museum - EUR18
  • Wroclaw - Panorama Raclawicka entrance - PLN50
  • Krakow - Bike Tour (Day or Night) - PLN100
  • Krakow - Galicia Jewish Museum - PLN20
  • Krakow - History Museum - PLN28
  • Krakow - St Mary's Basilica - PLN15
  • Krakow - Wawel Royal Castle - PLN35
  • Wieliczka - Salt Mines Tour - PLN230
  • Oswiecim - Half-Day Trip & Guided Tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau - PLN180
  • Krakow - Walking Tour - Free
  • Prague - Kafka Museum - CZK260
  • Prague - Bike Tour - CZK650
  • Prague - Jewish Quarter - CZK500
  • Kutna Hora - Day Trip (by public transport) - CZK250
  • Prague - Mucha Museum - CZK300
  • Prague - Museum of Communism - CZK380
  • Prague - National Museum - CZK350
  • Prague - Castle Visit - CZK350
  • Kutna Hora - Sedlec Ossuary & Bone Church - CZK160
  • Kutna Hora - Church of St Barbara - CZK160
  • Prague - Town Hall Clock Tower - CZK250
  • Cesky Krumlov - Brewery Tour - CZK200
  • Cesky Krumlov - Guided walking tour - CZK300
  • Cesky Krumlov - Egon Schiele Art Centrum - CZK200
  • Cesky Krumlov - Rafting or Canoe Trip (per person) - CZK1200
  • Cesky Krumlov - Guided Castle Tour - CZK300
  • Vienna - Albertina Museum - EUR19
  • Vienna - Belvedere Gallery (Lower Gallery) - EUR15
  • Vienna - Hofburg Palace & Sisi Museum - EUR16
  • Vienna - Leopold Museum - EUR15
  • Vienna - Prater Ferris Wheel - EUR14
  • Vienna - Schoenbrunn Palace - EUR22
  • Vienna - Spanish Riding School Practice - EUR28
  • Vienna - St Stephen's Tower - EUR6
  • Vienna - Vienna Boys Choir Concert - EUR70
  • Budapest - Bike Ride - HUF6000
  • Budapest - Great Synagogue - HUF9000
  • Budapest - House of Terror - HUF4000
  • Budapest - Hungarian National Museum - HUF2900
  • Budapest - Hungarian State Opera House Tour - HUF7000
  • Budapest - Parliament Tour - HUF10000
  • Budapest - Pub Crawl (starting from) - HUF9000
  • Budapest - Szechenyi Thermal Baths (starting from) - HUF9400
  • Budapest - Transport and Entry to Statue Park - HUF5000
  • Budapest - Central Market - Free
  • Bled - Mountain Bike Hire - EUR25
  • Bled - Pletna Boat Trip - EUR14
  • Triglav National Park - Canyoning - EUR65
  • Bled - Castle - EUR15
  • Triglav National Park - River Rafting - EUR55
  • Triglav National Park - Bus and Cable Car Trip to Mt Vogel - EUR32
  • Triglav National Park - Emerald River Adventure (full day) - EUR110
  • Venice - Doge's Palace & Bridge of Sighs - EUR30
  • Venice - Guggenheim Museum - EUR17
  • Venice - St Mark's Campanile - EUR12
  • Venice - St Mark's Basilica Treasury - EUR5
  • Venice - Accademia Gallery - EUR16
  • Venice - Venezia Ca' d'Oro - EUR15
  • Venice - Gondola Ride - EUR80
  • Venice - Chicchetti & Wine Tour of Venice Urban Adventure - EUR99

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Important notes

1. Pre and post tour accommodation and departure transfers are available to book upon request, subject to availability. Please contact your booking agent for more details.
2. A Single supplement is not available on this trip.

Essential Trip Information

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5 out of 5 based on 37 reviews submitted.
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Amanda · Traveled August 2023
This tour was the trip of a lifetime. It allows you to see and experience so many different places within the two week time frame. Met some amazing new friends and our tour guide Jo who was the most kind and knowledgeable tour guide!
Review submitted 23 Aug 2023

Benjamin · Traveled August 2023
Jo was the absolute best tour guide, the itinerary was perfect, trip run flawlessly, met the most amazing people!
Review submitted 23 Aug 2023

Ian · Traveled August 2023
Had an absolutely fantastic time would recommend this trip to anyone, the pacing felt like we saw a lot but weren't overwhelmed. Our tour leader Johanna was amazing with everything and made the trip far far better than it would've been if I had planned it on my own.
Review submitted 23 Aug 2023

Sona · Traveled August 2023
Johanna is the best tour guide! You will learn a lot about all the places you visit and won't need to worry about organising much while you are on the trip. She makes a huge effort to give people personalised recommendations and you will have the best time. The tour goes through beautiful locations, I loved Prague and Bled the most. Lastly met wonderful people on this tour that made the experience unforgettable.
Review submitted 23 Aug 2023

Emma · Traveled August 2023
The best 15 days, Johanna is the most beautiful and friendly guide I have ever met, although there are not many days in the tour I saw everything that I want to see. I can’t thank Jo enough for being so amazing!!
Review submitted 24 Aug 2023
Real Central Europe
CHF  2,260